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Haackgreerius miopus (GREER & HAACKE, 1982)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Lygosominae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Haacke-Greer's Skink 
SynonymLygosoma miopus GREER & HAACKE 1982
Haackgreerius miopus — LANZA 1983: 210 
DistributionSomalia (Mudugh, Rugno Well)

Type locality: 7 km NW of Rugno Well (± 4° N, 47 °E), about 80 km SE of El Bur on the road to El Dere, Mudugh Province, Somalia.  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 26803, male; paratype: DNMNH (= TM) 26799, female 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS. Lygosoma miopus can be distinguished from all other skinks by the following two characters in combination: eye vestigial and covered by an undifferentiated ocular scale; limbs present (rear limbs only, didactyl).
CommentType Species: Lygosoma miopus GREER & HAACKE 1982 is the type species of the genus Haackgreerius.

Synonymy: Pape 2017 proposed to place Haackgreerius in the synonymy of Mochlus.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe name miopus comes from the Greek word for near-sighted (myopus) and refers to the impaired vision implied by the vestigial eye sunken beneath the undifferentiated ocular scale. 
  • Greer A E; Haacke W D 1982. A new and unusual species of Lygosoma (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from the Horn of Africa. Annals Transvaal Mus. 33 (10): 153-164 - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1983. A list of the Somali amphibians and reptiles. MONITORE ZOOLOGICO ITALIANO, new Ser., SUPPL. 18 (8): 193-247 - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988] - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Pape, Flavien 2017. The diversity of the skink fauna (Reptilia, Scincidae) of Africa with focus on its phylogenetic relationships and zoogeographical perspectives. MS Thesis, University of Geneva - get paper here
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